Guest Post: Review – ‘All I Want For Christmas’ by Jenny Hale (@jhaleauthor; @bookouture)

Hi All. Continuing the Christmas theme, it’s time for another guest post by Mandie (@mgriffiths163) who has read and reviewed ‘All I Want For Christmas‘ by Jenny Hale.

31691157The Official Book Blurb

Christmas comes once a year . . . But true love comes once in a lifetime.

Snowflakes are falling, there’s carol singing on every corner, and Leah Evans is preparing for a family Christmas at her grandmother’s majestic plantation house in Virginia. It won’t be the same now that her beloved Nan is gone, but when Leah discovers she has inherited the mansion, she knows she can give her daughter Sadie the childhood of her dreams.

But there’s a catch. Leah must split the house with a man called David Forester. Leah hasn’t heard that name in a long time. Not since they were kids, when Davey was always there to catch her.

Now David is all grown up. He’s gorgeous, successful, and certain of one thing: Leah should sell him her half of the house.

They can’t agree, but as they share memories over wine by the log fire, Leah notices a fluttering in her stomach. And by the look in his eyes, he’s starting to feel it too.

Will it be Leah or David who must give up their dreams? Or, with a little bit of Christmas magic, will they finally understand Nan’s advice to them both about living life without regrets … and take a chance on true love?

Leah Evans is preparing for a family Christmas at her grandmother’s majestic plantation house in Virginia. It won’t be the same now that her Nan is gone, but when Leah discovers she has inherited the mansion, she knows she can give her daughter Sadie the childhood of her dreams.

But there’s a catch. Leah must split the house with a man called David Forester.
Growing up Leah always thought of her Nan’s plantation as home. She had always been told that she will inherit the house so that she can build a future for her and her daughter, even though it would mean moving away from her best friends and support network.  After her Nan died suddenly Leah knew that she had to work hard to complete her studies whilst running a florist if she intended to make a go of running a wedding business from the house. A letter telling her that the will had been amended and she was now only inheriting half of the house throws all these plans in the air.

David Forester is a name from the past. He used to live at the house with his mother and grandmother until they sold it to Leah’s Nan when it became too much of a financial burden. What Leah couldn’t work out was why she had changed her will. After contacting David it became apparent that he didn’t want to share the house or run a business from it…. he wanted her to sell him her half of the property and offers her a life changing sum of money that would give her the security she wanted for her daughter.

Before she makes up her mind Leah convinces David to let her have one last family Christmas at the plantation. David is determined that he is going to get his own way with regards to the house….after all he is successful and has the money and it was his family’s house first

Over the following days before everyone turns up you learn more about both Leah’s and David’s past and the history that binds them together and a family secret that had been hidden for years. Just who is Samuel Patterson??

Leah is your typical single mother… working 2 jobs whilst feeling guilty about not being able to provide everything she thinks her daughter Sadie needs. She also has the usual friends…Roz (the one who will say pretty much what she has on her mind), and Louise (the calmer more reasonable one). Then there is her daughter Sadie who seems quite wise for her age and is as happy spending time hanging out with her mum and her friends as she is with kids of her own age. You can see the struggle that she has…should she push to stick with her original dream to live at the plantation and run a business… or should she sell up to David, give herself financial security while at the same time break her daughters heat (who had also set her heart on living in the big house in Virginia)

David comes across as a bit cold to start with (pretty much your typical successful rich male) however over time I found that I mellowed towards him in much the same way that he mellowed towards Leah and in turn her daughter Sadie. Once you learn why he wants the house for himself and is not willing to share you see he is not as cold hearted as he appears.

There was never any doubt as to how the story would end, but All I Want for Christmas is a nice easy read that will get you in the mood for Christmas, full of likable characters and back stories. For all the Chic Lit fans out there this is definitely one you should put on your “to be read” list.

A christmassy 4 stars.

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I would like to thank Netgalley and Bookouture for the copy of this book. ‘All I Want For Christmas‘ is available at the following links:

Amazon UK

Amazon.com